Hardpoint Motorsports scored two second-place finishes from Rob Ferriol at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the GT3 Cup Gold USA class of the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Challenging wet conditions led to several misfortunes in qualifying that resulted in the session being red flagged. Ferriol started from 2nd on the grid and managed to steer clear of the chaos that unfolded around him on the technical circuit during Race 1 and finished 2nd in the GT3 Cup Gold USA class.
The rain let up for the second race of the weekend, but the start was eventful yet again on the cold track. Staying out of trouble in the No. 5 Gridrival Porsche GT3 was critical as the racing came down to wheel-to-wheel action with the No. 27 on the final laps of the 45-minute race. Having quicker pace kept Ferriol on the tail of the No. 27 and in the last turn on the final lap Ferriol made his way to the side of the No. 27 for a sprint to the finish. Ferriol ended up in 2nd place by only five-hundredths of a second.
With valuable points under their belt, Hardpoint Motorsports will head to Montreal, Canada on June 7-9th in support of the 2019 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.
Rob Ferriol – Driver of the No. 5 Porsche GT3
“The weather proved a worthy adversary at Mid-Ohio this weekend. As conditions worsened throughout Promoter Test and Practice, our strategy shifted from Barber redemption to simple survival. Mid-Ohio is notoriously challenging in the wet, and while we wanted to push the No. 5 Gridrival Porsche GT3 to the front of the Gold field, we also knew we had to focus on getting a pair of clean finishes to build some points momentum. I just put my head down and focused on driving a flawless race without any unforced errors. Despite more than half of the field having some sort of incident, we managed to keep the No. 5 clean and on track for a P2 finish in class and P7 overall at the checker.
Starting second in class for Race 2, but deep in the Platinum Masters field, made for some intense racing at the start – with both the Gold and Platinum Masters leaders fighting for track position. Mid-Ohio isn’t easy to pass on, and despite having the better pace, Sebastian’s (Carazo) very disciplined and mistake-free drive made it that much harder for me to make a move for 1st. I threw one last Hail Mary in the final turn, resulting in an all-out drag race to the checker, but came up about two feet short of the win – losing by a mere five-hundredths of a second.
My hat’s off to the entire Hardpoint team for a hard-fought weekend amidst overwhelming odds, Porsche Motorsport for the unwavering support, and Yokohama for helping us keep the shiny side up. We’ll take the pair of podiums and look forward to keeping the momentum going as we turn our focus to Montreal next month!”
Source. Speed Group